NIV Commentary Series - John
College Press NIV Commentary Series is formatted with a verse-by-verse explanation of the text. It was developed for both the scholar and the average Bible student. The Colllege Press NIV Commentary Series is the only full commentary set in print from the Restoration Movement. Each volume (41 volumes for the Old & New Testament) contains the following helpful features:
Biblically sound exegesis
New International Version of the Bible
Key word translation
Easy to use design format
The Gospels record the life story of Jesus. Bible readers quickly notice that Matthew, Mark, and Luke share many of the same events and focus primarily on the ministry of Jesus while in Galilee. John chose to record several events that took place in or near Jerusalem. Nearly 90% of John's Gospel is unique. Consider these phrases:
"In the beginning was the Word..."
"Behold the Lamb of God..."
"For God so loved the world..."
"I am..." phrases
"It is finished!"
"So send I you..."
The unique material contained in John's Gospel makes it a fascinating study.
The Gospel was written in the ancient city of Ephesus, to Christians who were under fire for their faith. Paganism and Christianity rubbed together in this city. Most times the clash of cultures was tolerated. Yet in John's later days the clash became political. This Gospel gives a record of hope and reasons for conviction to trust in Jesus as Savior no matter the circumstances.
The Gospel of John is an easy read for first-time seekers and new Christians. At the same time life-long scholars marvel at its content. Late in the Gospel, John revealed his purpose for writing. "These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name" (20:31). The authors of this commentary have focused on John's intended message for Christians in his day, and by extension, Christians today.